NEWS: Incoming Archbishop of York says Jesus 'was a black man', criticises church leadership for being 'too white'

The new Archbishop of York, the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, has stated his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted that Jesus himself was a black man. 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Cottrell said:

"Jesus was a black man and he was born into a persecuted group in an occupied country. 

"The leadership of the Church of England is still too white, and I hope under my watch we’ll see further changes on that. The Church of England has not been good at reimagining what its ministry of leadership should look like." 

Cottrell, who replaces the Rev Dr John Sentamu — the Church of England's first black Archbishop — also insisted that the church should be doing more to address racism. "One of the failings the church has made has been a form of tokenism without addressing the deep systemic issues of exclusion and prejudice," he explained. 

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